‘Repent to God’: Hecklers crash Pride March in Marikina

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 30 2018 05:52 PM | Updated as of Jun 30 2018 07:46 PM

Members of a conservative religious organization, including some foreigners, heckle LGBT people attending the Metro Manila Pride March in Marikina on Saturday. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

MANILA—Some Filipinos and foreigners claiming to be members of a local conservative religious organization heckled lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals who attended a march against discrimination.

Placards that read, “It’s not okay to be gay” and “God will judge you” were raised alongside rainbow-colored floats and flaglets minutes before the march kicked off at the Marikina Sports Center.

“This lady is a sinner! Be careful she might rape you,” a Caucasian man announced via a megaphone as he stood before 3 women who held rainbow flaglets and donned unicorn headbands.

“Repent, you sinners, and God will forgive you!” a Filipino anti-gay protester told a group of LGBT members who were aboard a make-shift float decorated with colorful balloons.

The men who scorned LGBT members during the Pride March refused to give their names to ABS-CBN News.

The anti-queer group dispersed after its members were ignored by the thousands of LGBT people who continued to wave their colorful banners that read, “Homosexuality is not a sin, but homophobia is,” among others.

The Metro Manila March is an annual gathering of LGBT members who are looking for a “safe space” and a “visual platform” to express their sexual preferences, and call for equal rights.

An estimated 8,000 LGBT members and supporters attended this year’s Pride March to rally for equal rights, event organizers said.